Coin Specifications

Category: Three Dollar Gold (1854-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Catalog: KM-84
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 5.0150g
AGW: 0.1451oz
Melt Value: $176.59 (9/20/2014)
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1880 $3 MS obverse 1880 $3 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is an important date from a tiny mintage of just 1,000 business strikes, as well as an additional 36 proofs. Not long ago, Dave Bowers and Doug Winter teamed up to produce a reference on the gold coins of this denomination, published last year. About the 1880, they said that it 'stands high in the rarity sweepstakes.' Most examples that survive today are apt to be in the lower Mint State grades. Bowers and Winter estimated a survival of between 175 and 215 business strikes, with only 35 to 45 of those in grades below MS60. As the grading service population reports drop off substantially in Gem grades, the vast majority of known examples grade between MS60 and MS64.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/5/2013

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1880 $3 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 460 630 750 1050 1680 1680 3050 3250 3600 4200 4550 6800 7450 9800 14400 24000 45000 73000 - - -
$ 1850 3300 3500 3900 4450 4900 7500 8250 11250 15800 27800 50000 80000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 113
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Date
Service
Grade
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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1986 $11,500.00
11/2/2003 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1800, 1800/Lot# 1736 $2,970.00
9/7/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature World & Ancient Coins Auction Session(5), 3015/Lot# 25767 $1,380.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7458 $5,750.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5395 $58,750.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6568 $7,637.50
2/3/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5345 $11,162.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 $3 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91097410411113118618432029219723022368246425252699300936394217546664008547111141472619881
9319961065113714051905208522322324240024842583280232193831463357777115940212318164440
00000020852232232424002484258328023219383146335777711594021231800
000000214122672346243225042641290534294024504960887831102581352200
1880 $3 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base996106311341212129019872184236224712542264327072890321638774482578767608993116551539220612
101810861160123815222052224323982494257526642768299834364078491761117504988012900171320
00000022432398249425752664276829983436407849176111750498801290000
000000230224342518260926852829310736564280535264358248107671414600
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Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 4482
Owner: South Texas Collection
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2699
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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